Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4
What comes to mind when you think of a servant? What do you feel when you are treated like one? When you first began to dream of what your life would become was becoming a servant part of the picture? What if being a servant is actually a key to great relationships?
Our natural instinct in life is to collect relationships that serve us. If we are honest the ones we like the most serve some need or show promise of meeting some desire.
If we aren’t careful we look at relationships from a consumeristic perspective without fully realizing it. We stop seeing other people as other people.
Some of our efforts to obtain good relationships might actually be making them less likely. The harder you work the worse it gets, the more you chase the further away they move. The ones that don’t help range from frustrating and annoying to outright enemies. Jesus seeks to shatter this kind of thinking and take us to a different place.
This week’s relationship principle of Jesus is Serving One Another. This is one of His keys to experiencing abundant life now. Could it be that serving frees us from this distorted thinking that objectifies others in the pursuit of our happiness?
Just like His instruction on giving is designed to cure our greed, serving is designed to stiff-arm the selfishness and pride that ruin relationships.
Jesus even offers Himself as the model. His whole reason for coming was not to be served to but rather to serve AND to give his life as a ransom for many (Mk 10:45). This is the ultimate in serving. Think of the implications of Jesus’ service. His service shows how much He values you… how radically He cares for you. It demonstrates His commitment to you. What message do our lives typically give to those around us? does it look like we are trying to bless them or possess them?
I invite you to think with me through the weekend about what this could mean, what it could look like, and what impact it would make. Ask yourself why it just might work and how Jesus could help you pull it off?
Then, join us Sunday morning as we look at the key to genuinely serving others as a lifestyle that actually deepens the fulfillment in our relationships.